Robinson Resources on
- Robinsons in Lancashire. A Robinson family history.
- James Robinson and Son. Robinson merchants in Carlisle.
- The Hewick Plantation. Hewick in Virginia and the Robinsons.
- Robinson DNA Project. Robinson DNA.
William Robinson was a wealthy York merchant in Elizabethan times. His descendants played a notable role in national politics, one as Lord Grantham as Foreign Secretary in 1782 and another as Viscount Goderich briefly as Prime Minister in 1827.
Other Yorkshire Robinsons included:
- the Robinsons at Cleasby in north Yorkshire who went back to Elizabethan times. Christopher Robinson of this family embarked for America in 1670.
- a Robinson family from Brignall in north Yorkshire which had
acquired the Rokeby estate in 1610. They later held estates in
Ireland. Matthew Robinson was an eccentric 18th century member of
- and Richard Robinson who heard George Fox preach at Sedbergh in 1652 and was an early Quaker convert at his home at Countersett Hall on Wensleydale.
Robinson has also been a prominent name in Cumberland (now Cumbria). Among these Robinsons have been:
- William Robinson from Penrith who made his fortune in the 17th century in London as a merchant and returned to found Robinson's School in his home town.
- another William Robinson, a Quaker, who was also a merchant in London. He, however, set off in 1657 on the tiny vessel Woodhouse for America. In Boston he met religious intolerance, was arrested, and was hanged.
- Gerard Robinson who was a mariner from Whitehaven who in 1752 also left for America, in this case Virginia.
- while Mary Robinson, who was a shepherdess in the Lake
the early 1800's, was known as the Maid of Buttermere in
Wordsworth's poem The Prelude.
Ireland. The Robinson name is mainly to be found in Ulster. It was thought that the Robinsons of Glenam in Antrim may have originally been Scottish Robertsons.
One Robinson family began in Dublin in the 1650ís with Bryan
Robinson, thought to be from the Newby
Hall Robinsons in
Yorkshire. The Rev. Christopher Robinson was rector of
Granard in county Longford in the 18th century.
His offspring were:
- Admiral Hercules
Robinson of the British navy
- and his son Hercules, a British colonial administrator.
- and Sir Bryan Robinson, a colonial judge in Newfoundland.
One Robinson family began in Dublin with Bryan Robinson in the 1650's. They were physicians and doctors of medicine. Later Robinsons of this family served as Victorian colonial Governors. Romney Robinson was a longtime director of the Armagh Astronomical Observatory in the 19th century.
America. Christopher Robinson emigrated to Virginia from Cleasby in north Yorkshire in 1670. Eight years later he built his home, later called Hewick, in Middlesex county along the Rappahannock river. The Robinson family there became one of the leading families of Virginia. Hewick still stands today.
The Rev. John Robinson was a Puritan pastor at Leyden who never made it to America. He died in 1625. But two of his sons, Isaac and John, did get to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1630. Other early New England arrivals were:
- Increase Robinson who was in Dorchester by 1637 and later settled in Taunton
- and Thomas Robinson who had reached Hartford, Connecticut by 1640 and later settled in Guilford.
- his son Sir John was a leading figure in early Ontario politics
- and his grandson John was Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1880.
South Africa. Robert Robinson, a butcher from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent (although of earlier Yorkshire roots), was one of the 1820 settlers to South Africa. He and his family made their home in the Cradock district of the Eastern Cape. His children eventually numbered fourteen, of which the fourteenth and last, born in 1840, was Joseph. Joseph Robinson was later to make a huge fortune in South African gold mining.
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Joseph Robinson, the son of an 1820 settler, was a South African mining magnate.
Edward G. Robinson, born Emanuel Goldenburg from a Romanian Jewish family, was an acclaimed American movie actor in the 1930's and 1940's.
Jackie Robinson was the black baseball player who broke the color bar in the national game.
Sugar Ray Robinson was an acclaimed American boxer.
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